Powter performing at the Festival of Friends in 2013
|Birth name||Daniel Richard Powter|
|Born||February 25, 1971|
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia, alongside Tyrone and Susan Powter. As a child, Powter played the violin at the age of 4. He changed to piano at 10 years old after a group of children bullied him and destroyed his violin. Suffering from dyslexia, Powter had trouble in university reading music, and dropped out at the age of 20 in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created. He started writing songs when he was 13 years old.
Powter met producer Jeff Dawson in 1997 and released his debut studio album, I'm Your Betty, on June 21, 2000. The album, limited to a very small print, contains ten songs, two of which—"More Than I" and "Negative Fashion"—were both featured on the television show Higher Ground in the episode "Wherefore Art Thou".
Powter's first single, "Bad Day", was first released in Europe in mid-2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter. Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercials, and it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe. The song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, peaking at number three on the overall European airplay chart. It reached number one on national airplay in Germany, number one on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Italy, number two in the United Kingdom—where it stayed in the top ten for thirteen weeks—and number three in Australia.
In the United States, "Bad Day" was used extensively on the television series American Idol in its fifth season. Powter sang the song live at the end of the final show of that season on May 23, 2006. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, making Powter the first solo Canadian male artist to top the Hot 100 since Bryan Adams in 1995 (with "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"). The song also reached number one in Powter's homeland, Canada.
On May 31, 2005, Powter released his first extended play known as "Free Loop."
On July 2, 2005, Powter performed at the Berlin installment of Live 8, a simultaneous group of concerts in nine countries intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa and put pressure on world leaders for aid.
"Bad Day" came in fifth in the British Record of the Year 2005. In 2006, Powter won in the New Artist of the Year category at the Canadian Juno Awards, and was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards. "Bad Day" was nominated at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards for Hot 100 Single of the Year, and was named Billboard magazine's song of the year in 2006. At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Powter received a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination for the song.
The subsequent singles from Daniel Powter – "Jimmy Gets High", "Free Loop", and "Lie to Me" – were released in different parts of the world, each failing to match the success of "Bad Day". "Free Loop" was deemed chart ineligible in the UK (as the release included a version of "Bad Day" as a B-side whilst "Bad Day" was still in the chart, hence breaking chart rules) and failed to chart in the U.S., though it reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following the release of "Lie to Me", "Jimmy Gets High" was to be the fourth single from the album in the UK, but its release was cancelled. A new track called "Love You Lately" was released as the next U.S. single, preceding a re-release of the album Daniel Powter that was also cancelled. Powter was never able to have another major hit after "Bad Day" and never cracked the U.S. Hot 100 again.
In March 2008, a song by Japanese singer Haru featuring Powter, "Find My Way", was released. In September, Powter released his third album, Under the Radar. This was the same year in which he embarked on the Wolfbaggin' Tour, joining the likes of Alphabeat and Lil Chris.
Powter also performed piano on tracks for what was scheduled to be Marcy Playground frontman John Wozniak's solo album, Leaving Wonderland...in a fit of rage, but the album was released under the band's name. Powter was still given credit for his contributions to the song "Gin and Money".
On March 16, 2009, Powter performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival then in December 2009, Powter was named as the decade's top One-Hit Wonder by Billboard. The magazine describes one-hit wonders as acts whose second hit did not reach the top 25; they only included acts from 2000 to 2007. Powter's notoriety is unmistakable, since "Bad Day" is his only Hot 100 hit.
On January 1, 2010, he performed O Canada at the NHL Winter Classic. In that same year, he released his greatest hits album, Best of Me, and with it, recorded three new songs and a new version of the title track to go along with 'Bad Day', 'Jimmy Gets High', 'Next Plane Home' and his other singles. Only one was released as a single: 'Lose To Win', on November 10, 2010.
Powter again failed to re-capture the success of "Bad Day." In 2011, he took a hiatus.
On September 10, 2012, he released "Crazy All My Life".
On December 5, 2012, Powter was featured in a song with Japanese singer May J. titled "Back To Your Heart". On the 18 he released the single "Christmas Cupid", which is a Christmas version of his song "Cupid".
On June 5, 2013, Powter announced on Twitter that he was working on a new album with Jeff Dawson, who co-produced most of his songs in the past, and John Fields, who produced "Crazy All My Life". He also said: "I'm writing like I did during the first record. I'm not focusing on singles. Otherwise I would try too hard and end up with garbage sort of like Bad Day. I never thought in my wildest dreams that it was a single. I think that's what writing from your heart is. Just like anything else. When you try too hard, it really isn't worthy of anything... So I stay open and just let the songs write themselves."
On August 9, 2013, he performed at the Festival of Friends.
On November 27, 2016, Powter performed at The 39th Jazz Goes To Campus Festival performing Bad Day.
On January 6, 2017, Powter released a new single called "Delicious." The music video has been uploaded to his official YouTube channel on March 14, 2017.
On April 6, 2018, Powter released a new single called "Perfect For Me." On April 13, he released his fourth extended play known as Daniel Powter. There are 4 songs in this album: a remastered remix of Bad Day, Tell Them Who You Are in an acoustic version, his 2017 single "Delicious" and his 2018 single "Perfect For Me."
On September 21, 2018, Powter released a single known as "Do You Wanna Get Lucky" followed by a single called "Survivor" released on October 26,. Perfect for Me was later released on November 23, 2018 for the Asia market and he released an album called Giants on December 14. Songs in the album include "Perfect For Me", "Survivor", "Delicious", rerecordings of "Bad Day", "Free Loop" and "Tell Them Who You Are" (from the EP). A remixed version of "Do You Wanna Get Lucky" is also included known as the Holiday version.
Powter currently lives in Los Angeles and has three children. He is divorced.
Powter disclosed in July 2013 that he was sexually abused by a female babysitter for three years starting from age 7 and turned to drugs and alcohol to get over his guilt and shame. He said in an interview, "I thought that (addiction) was my problem. But it wasn’t. That was my solution. It wasn't until I started digging in, taking a look at myself, saying I gotta work on some stuff (that) I don’t want to look at (that I figured it out). My parents didn't know and I was too scared to tell them."
|2005||MTV Europe Music Awards||Himself||Best New Act||Nominated|
|The Record of the Year||"Bad Day"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|SOCAN Awards||Best Pop Song||Won|
|2006||Tokio Hot 100 Awards||Best Song||Won|
|BMI Pop Awards||Pop Award||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Hot 100 Song||Won|
|Digital Song of the Year||Won|
|Pop 100 Song of the Year||Nominated|
|APRA Music Awards||Most Performed Foreign Work||Nominated|
|MuchMusic Video Awards||MuchMoreMusic Award||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Himself||Choice Music: Breakout Artist - Male||Nominated|
|Canadian Radio Music Awards||Best New Group or Solo Artist—Mainstream AC||Won|
|Juno Awards||New Artist of the Year||Won|
|Brit Awards||International Breakthrough Act||Nominated|
|2007||Grammy Awards||"Bad Day"||Best Male Pop Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Song||Nominated|
|Groovevolt Music & Fashion Awards||Best Pop Song Performance - Male||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards Japan||Best Male Video||Nominated|
|Daniel Powter||Album of the Year||Won|
|Japan Gold Disc Awards||Best 3 Albums||Won|
|Himself||New Artist of the Year||Won|
|International Artist of the Year||Won|
|"Bad Day"||International Song of the Year||Won|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications|
|I'm Your Betty||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Under the Radar||
|Turn On the Lights||—||—||—||—||—||177||—||—||109||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Best of Me||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|iTunes Live from Tokyo||
|Songs from Under the Radar||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Bad Day"||2005||7||3||13||5||17||1||5||2||1||1||Daniel Powter|
|"Free Loop (One Night Stand)"||11||43||62||60||55||20||38||—||—||—|
|"Jimmy Gets High"||—||—||—||46||—||—||41||—||—||—|
|"Lie to Me"||2006||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||92||—||—|
|"Love You Lately"||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||39|
|"Next Plane Home"||2008||—||—||61||25||71||—||37||70||—||—||Under the Radar|
|"Best of Me"||—||—||—||—||—||—||40||—||—||—|
|"Whole World Around"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Lose to Win"||2010||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Best of Me|
|"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Cupid"||2012||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||152||—||36||Turn on the Lights|
|"Crazy All My Life"||23||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Perfect For Me"||2018||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Do You Wanna Get Lucky"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||Bad Day||Marc Webb||Samaire Armstrong and Jason Adelman are featured in the video|
|Free Loop||Filmed at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles|
|Jimmy Gets High||Vem|
|2006||Lie to Me||Marc Webb|
|Love You Lately||Philip Andelman||Rachael Leigh Cook and Brian Hallisay are featured in the video.|
|2008||Next Plane Home||Markku Lahdesmaki||Powter's daughter Sophie is featured in the video. Filmed in Lancaster, California|
|Best of Me||Diane Martel|
|2010||Lose To Win||Rohit Karn Batra|
|2012||Cupid||Neil Tardio||Filmed in Malibu, California.|
|2013||Crazy All My Life|
|2018||Perfect for Me|
|Do You Wanna Get Lucky||Joe Murray||Filmed at The Village in Santa Monica|
|Survivor||Chinese singer Kelly Yu sings with him in a duet|
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